For Seminole Ridge High School’s first graduating class, it has been nearly a decade since they roamed the school’s halls.
Now, a group of former student government members — Samantha Greene (president), Caitlin Ramos (vice president), Sam Harris (secretary) and Jessica Oates (treasurer) — are heading up plans for a reunion.
“There was no senior class when we were juniors because it was a brand new school,” Ramos said. “We were the first-ever seniors at the school and the first graduating class.”
Some of the students went to Wellington High School and some went to Royal Palm Beach High School for the beginning of their high school careers.
“We all went to the same middle school in The Acreage, and then we got split up,” Ramos recalled. “The school was a really good thing to bring the people who knew each other in middle school all of a sudden back together for high school.”
Efforts to bring the class together once again through local fundraisers, sponsorships and ticket sales have already begun for the planned 10-year reunion, set for Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens.
“We’re trying to make a big deal out of it to set a precedent for the future years,” Ramos said.
Former students should join the reunion’s Facebook page for easy communication, information about upcoming fundraisers and volunteer opportunities, Ramos said.
The next fundraiser will be a cornhole tournament on Aug. 20 at Gators Shack, hosted by South Florida Cornhole.
“Anyone who wants to join in on the fun is invited to attend. All skill levels are welcome. There will be prizes for the top-placing teams,” Ramos said.
At the end of the summer, there will be a yard sale fundraiser. Items are being collected, and the announcement will be made on the web site.
There are many committees to help volunteer and help with the reunion. Former students, and their families and parents, are welcome to help with fundraising, sponsorships, auction items, giveaways, decorations, a slideshow, registration and setup/cleanup on reunion day.
Parents and friends would be helpful with handing out name tags and working on registration the day of the event, Ramos added.
Formal invitations have not yet gone out. Conversations and plans have been facilitated on Facebook and the web site.
Tickets are $80 for singles and $145 for couples. Ideally, Ramos said, tickets will be purchased at least three months in advance to cover the deposit.
“Then we can really focus our leftover funds on things we can give to the graduates while we’re there,” she said.
There will be a photo booth, giveaways, door prizes, raffles and more, as former students reconnect in person, rather than on social media.
“It will be nice to actually catch up with people,” she said.
Reconnecting with old friends, especially those who moved away, is something Ramos is looking forward to.
Local companies are welcome to donate and sponsor the reunion. Former students are asked to submit old photographs for the event, and share any fundraising ideas.
To purchase tickets, learn about sponsorship opportunities and more, visit www.hawks2007reunion.wordpress.com, join www.facebook.com/groups/SRHSClassof2007Reunion or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: The Class of 2007, Seminole Ridge High School inaugural graduating class, will celebrate its 10th reunion next year.